Summer is just around the corner, and while most of us are looking forward to sunshine and blue skies, it seems Mother Nature has other plans. We’ve had a lot of rain lately here in Maryland, and although the rain is necessary for a healthy lawn, poor landscape drainage in your yard can lead to serious issues and even structural damage to your home. While most homeowners deal with storm damage and water drainage after a storm, it is important to be proactive. So how do you know if you have a landscape drainage issue?
Spotting problem areas in your yard and landscape can mean the difference between a minor cleanup following a storm and a total washout. It can be costly and upsetting to create a beautiful landscape around your home, only to have water wash away all that hard work and time. We at Absolute Landscape and Turf Services are here to help; here are five signs of drainage issues for you to be aware of.
Following a solid rain, make sure to take note of any standing water, which can wash away mulch and sod and create large holes in a yard or garden landscape. Look for standing water around garden ponds, or soft areas in sod or underneath downspouts.
Damage to a patio or driveway
When water is not draining correctly, it can seep into the pores of concrete and eventually create cracking in concrete or stone surfaces. If not corrected, cracks and separations that begin on your patio and driveway will continue to get worse over time, potentially affecting the foundation.
Large areas of landscaping that have no solid vegetation can be subject to serious washout following a storm. Our experts at Absolute Landscape and Turf Services can check the stability of plants and sod prior to heavy rains or storms to ensure that the amount of damage to your yard is minimal.
Exposed tree roots
As water continues to flow at a rapid pace, the roots of trees and bushes can become exposed. Roots can cause damage to lawn equipment and create a hazard for animals and children playing in the yard.
Broken gutters and downspouts
One of the biggest factors contributing to drainage problems is gutters and downspouts. Cracked or broken gutters can disrupt the flow of water and create standing water issues. If water is leaking from a gutter or heavily collecting at the base of a downspout, drainage issues are a problem at your home and need to be addressed quickly.